Unpaid Salaries: 1,005 Kwara Pensioners Die

The Chairman, Kwara State Local
Government Pensioners
Association, Mr. lsiaka Akanbi,
on Saturday, said no fewer than
1,005 of its members had died
since April 2015, as a result of unpaid pension allowances.
Akanbi, in an interview with our
correspondent in Ilorin, the state
capital, said the victims, who cut
across the 16 local government
councils of the state, died as a result of their inability to get
adequate healthcare attention.
Stakeholders in the state, while
decrying the death of the
pensioners, described the trend
as sad and unacceptable. Among them were the state
factional Chairman of the
Peoples Democratic Party, Mr.
Sunday Fagbemi; a former PDP
governorship aspirant in the
state, Mr. Sunday Babalola; and the President, Afonja
Descendants Union, Mr. Olola
While urging relevant authorities
to urgently effect the payment of
the pension arrears to the senior citizens, Akanbi said no fewer
than 3,000 of the pensioners
were unable to buy drugs for
their ailments.
He pleaded with the Kwara State
Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed, to come to their aid by ensuring the
payment of their pension
Akanbi said, “We have suffered
unprecedented discrimination
since Ahmed came to power in the state. Weare senior citizens
and deserve fair treatment.
“The number of our members
who have died is the greatest in
comparison with any other
sector in the state.” When contacted, Ahmed’s Senior
Special Assistant on Media and
Communication, Dr. Muyideen
Akorede, said the governor was
saddened by the plight of the
local government pensioners. He blamed the drop in
Federation Account allocations
for the non-payment of the
pensions, adding that the state
government was considering
strategies to assist them within its available resources.
Kasum also called on the
President Muhammadu Buhari-
led Federal Government to
intervene and assist the local
governments to pay the arrears in order to curtail the spate of
untimely deaths in the state.
Meanwhile, the Benue State
House of Assembly says it has
received over 220 petitions
bordering on non-payment of salaries as a result of the
mismanagement of bailout.
It also said the N86m released to
the leadership of the assembly
for the purchase of computers
for the biometric exercise in the state were never utilised, while
insisting it was not part of the
functions of the House to carry
out biometric exercises.
The Chairman, Standing
Committee onPublic Petitions, Bills Review and Appraisal,
Kester Ikyenge, while marking
one year in office, during a
constituency briefing at Anyiin,
Logo Local Government Area, on
Saturday, stressed that the assembly had no business
embarking on an exercise
forwhich it was not trained to
carry out, adding that not a
single computer had been
purchased. Ikyenge told his constituents
that his office, which he claimed
was in a dilapidated state, was
daily inundated with pensioners
and local government staff over
salaries and pension matters. According to him, over 220
petitions had been submitted to
the House.